Judaism became a religion of laws, haunted and bound by the absence of a home for Jewish sovereignty
They lie. They cheat. The treat their kids terribly. This Father’s Day, be thankful your own dad is such a mensch.
Technical discussion about the shofar leads quickly to an examination of deep spiritual questions
What a unity government bringing together Hamas with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party means
Why gamblers, pigeon racers, and usurers can’t witness a Jewish new moon, and why the lunar calendar still matters
The Obama Administration’s plans to exit the region are a gift to the regime in Tehran, nuclear deal or no
Raphael Glucksmann should be with his family in Paris, but he’s too busy defending the nascent liberal democracy in Ukraine
Talmudic rabbis set out to debate the religious calendar, and wind up talking about religious sincerity
Through music, politics, and barbecue, Etgar 36 trips help high-school students develop a sense of identity as Jews and Americans
Why Talmud study is not reading, in the usual sense of the word, but rather deciphering the true meaning of the text
The break in negotiations with Ramallah means Netanyahu can focus on the other permanent threat: Iran
Video: Try this simple recipe for Vienna’s iconic chocolate treat, and make your own apricot jam to top it off
With great metaphysical creativity, Talmudic rabbis probe the exact limits of comparison and analogy
In debating the principles of intentional sin, sages find that pleading ignorance is no defense, even if not all laws can be followed
The new vogue for blaming the century-old Sykes-Picot Agreement for today’s woes ignores history, and reality
‘The Whispering Town’ and ‘Hidden’ are among the best contributions in years to Holocaust literature for young children
Talmudic rabbis debate the paradoxical belief in Jewish chosenness despite the evidence of Jewish powerlessness
Video: The former Soviet republic’s Jewish history dates back millennia. This simple recipe is one of the community’s treasures.
Abbas is facing an internal challenge to his leadership, and that—not Israeli housing plans—is why he’s bailing on Kerry
The apparent abstraction of Talmudic rulings, immune to the vagaries of history, are also a key to Jewish survival
A visit to Kiev’s Jewish institutions reveals Jews there are less concerned about their neighbors at home than the bully next door
Author Alfie Kohn bucks conventional wisdom about parenting. He makes some good points, when he’s not simply being contrarian.
Three years after Mubarak’s fall, the country is toying with global irrelevance—except as a possible terror exporter
In the Talmud, nostalgic, biblical, divine explanations override accurate secular history and chronology
When oversensitivity meets entitlement, there’s a reality-show lesson about the struggles of misfits
To the Talmudic rabbis, religion was not opposed to the law but deeply connected to its study, even if dialogue wins over decree
Disengagement from a region whose power structures are predicated on American management is a recipe for disaster
For a hundred generations Jews lived in anticipation of redemption, a historical tension that continues to define Judaism
The relaunched TV series can inspire children to read more about the universe. Here are some great titles to get them started.